Clare County, MI

County’s Lori Phelps Receives National Recognition

HARRISON – At the Clare County Board of Commissioners’ May 18 meeting, District 6 Commissioner Bronwyn Asplund chose to forgo her report on townships and instead made a special announcement. Asplund informed that she had nominated a couple people for the National Association of Counties Achievement Award, then went on to describe the outcome of that action.
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Hotel Feasibility Study Supported by the Community

At a May 4 meeting at Harrison City Hall, outgoing city manager Tracey Connelly expected less than a dozen people to attend a focus group meeting as part of the hotel feasibility study undertaken by the City of Harrison and Hayes Township. Connelly and Maye Tessner-Rood, Hayes Township Treasurer, were pleasantly surprised when more than 45 people attended.
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Local Parents Struggle to Find Baby Formula

The national baby formula shortage is hitting close to home for local parents. Evart mom Alicia Warwick says finding formula for her four month old, Zayne, has been nearly impossible recently — especially since Zayne takes special formula for his stomach. “You can’t find it anywhere,” Warwick said. “And...

News from Your Sheriff- May 2022

Finally, some nice temperatures and sun for us. It seems like it has been a long cold spring. I want to congratulate or newest graduate of the Kirtland Police Academy, Deputy Zach Noble. Deputy Noble spent five years in the Navy on a nuclear submarine. He told me that he spent a total of three years, nine months, and 21 days under water during those five years. Deputy Noble started out with the Sheriff’s Office on our Reserves, then was hired part time working court security. He showed interest in staying in the area and becoming a certified deputy. We hired him full time and sent him through the police academy at Kirtland Community College. Deputy Noble graduated on May 6, 2022, from the academy in Grayling along with 10 others. Deputy Noble started his field training on May 9 which will last for an average of 14 weeks here. Again, Congratulations to Deputy Zach Noble.

Clare Man Dies in Wrong Way Crash

Police in Clare County are investigating a Monday, May 9 crash that took the life of an 84-year-old Clare man. The man was driving a red Ford Ranger around 11:30 a.m. on Clare Ave. near Lincoln Rd. in Hatton Township. He was heading the wrong way, according to police, and crashed head on into a Ford F-250 pickup hauling a livestock trailer, driven by a 45-year-old Sterling man. The Clare man died at the scene. The Sterling man was treated at the scene for injuries and released. A cow in the trailer was euthanized due to its injuries.

Man dies in wrong-way crash in Clare Co.

HATTON TWP., Mich. (WNEM) - Deputies are investigating a wrong-way head-on crash in Clare County that left one driver dead. On Monday, May 9 at 11:30 a.m., deputies were sent to the area of Clare Avenue and Lincoln Road in Hatton Township for the crash. A red Ford Ranger, driven...

Clare County Arts Council Unveils New Downtown Statues

Several new art installations are coming to downtown Clare. The Clare County Arts Council is displaying ten statues in a three block radius. The statues come from artists all cross the country, and locally in Clare and Harrison. The arts council says they hope beautify the downtown area. “Some people...

84-year-old dies, cow euthanized after head-on collision

CLARE COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - An 84-year-old man died and an injured cow was euthanized after a head-on collision between Clare and Harrison on Monday. The Clare County Sheriff's Department says the elderly Clare man was driving an older model Ford Ranger north on Clare Avenue near Lincoln Road in Hatton Township around 11:30 a.m.

Clare Man Dies in Two Car Head-On Collision in Hatton Township

An 84-year-old Clare man died in a head-on collision on Clare Avenue in Hatton Township Monday morning. Clare County Sheriff’s Deputies say the man was driving a red Ford Ranger north in the southbound lane on Clare Avenue when he crashed head-on into a silver Ford pickup truck driven by a 45-year-old Sterling man.

4 Sentenced for Drugs, Robbery, R&O, Drug, Property Destruction

4 Sentenced for Drugs, Robbery, R&O, Drug, Property Destruction. John Elza Fetterly of Clare, Michigan, pleaded no contest on Dec. 21, 2021, to Armed Robbery and guilty to habitual 3rd offender. This conviction stemmed from an investigation by the Clare County Sheriff Department into a report of an armed robbery at the Next Door Food Store in Farwell, Michigan, on March 15, 2020. The defendant was ultimately located in Mount Pleasant when he was arrested on a separate matter in the same clothes he was wearing during the armed robbery. Fetterly was sentenced by Judge Roy Mienk on April 19, 2022, to serve a term of prison. He was sentence to serve 4.25 years to 40 years with 186 days credit. He was also ordered to pay $2,998 in assorted fines, costs, and fees.

Head-on Crash Claims Clare Man

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 9, deputies responded to the area of Clare Avenue and Lincoln in Hatton Township for a report of a two-car head-on vehicle crash. Deputies found that a red colored Ford Ranger pickup truck, driven by an 84-year-old Clare man, was traveling northbound in the southbound lane on Clare Avenue near Lincoln when it collided head on with a silver colored Ford truck pulling a trailer with livestock, driven by a 45-year-old Sterling man, traveling southbound.